NFL week three tips: Steelers might be punished on tough trip to San Francisco
Gridiron guru NFLGirlUK returns to the fray to deliver her weekly verdict on the NFL with a view to taking on a huge-looking £150,000+ Pick 7 pool. She reckons that the Steelers might be in for a tough week in San Francisco but read on for all of her NFL week three tips. If you agree with her views, then make sure you join her Syndicate.
Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs
Two in-form members of the new generation of quarterbacks meet at Arrowhead this Sunday. They are likely to be facing the best defenses they’ve played so far this season although both remain a work in progress.
Steve Spagnuolo is still looking to improve a unit which was the team’s Achilles heel last season and Baltimore have lost veterans and experience after they caused the Chiefs offence all kinds of problems in last year’s meeting.
It’s hard to put too much stock in the Ravens first games against the Dolphins and Cardinals but Kyler Murray put up some big numbers and they now face a better Air Raid QB in Mahomes.
With home field advantage it’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable home win.
Kansas City Chiefs: 7-12 13-18
Atlanta Falcons @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts first home game of the season. How far can Jacoby Brissett take them?
Marlon Mack has the leading number of carries in the league so Frank Reich wants to support his QB with the run but the Eagles found it tough to run on the Falcons front last week, managing less than 2.5 yards per rush.
Matt Ryan threw three interceptions last week and needs to take better care of the ball against a talented secondary. This is a game that really could go either way.
Atlanta Falcons: 1-6, 7-12
Indianapolis Colts: 1-6
Detroit Lions @ Philadelphia Eagles
The undefeated Lions come to The Linc looking to build on last week’s unexpected defensive slugfest victory in LA.
Philadelphia need to get back to the more balanced offensive gameplan that took them to the Super Bowl behind Jordan Howard, who they traded for this offseason. They should be able to do just that on Sunday because you can run on this Detroit defense.
The Eagles picked off Matt Ryan three times last week and, if they can do something similar against Matthew Stafford (who was intercepted twice against the Chargers), then the Eagles should do enough to win this providing that Wentz can stay healthy.
Philadelphia Eagles: 7-12, 13-18
Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers
A must win game for Pittsburgh. It’s a tough trip out west against the 2-0 49ers who flattered to deceive a bit in week one but got into full stride against the Bengals.
The defence looks as good as it has since Patrick Willis retired and it’ll be a tough ask for Mason Rudolph to go to San Francisco and emerge with a win. They need to get James Conner running the ball well as well as their receivers stepping up.
Even so, the 49ers coach Mike Shanahan will look to take advantage of the Pittsburgh man to man problems on defence which the Patriots and Seahawks exposed. Can only see a 49ers victory here.
San Francisco 49ers: 13-18, 19-24
New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks
Another team handling the loss of a future Hall of Fame quarterback this week. Look to see a lot of Taysom Hill at quarterback as Sean Payton has his coaching abilities stretched to the fullest.
The Seahawks are 2-0 and have looked patchy in their first two games but should have enough with Drew Brees out. The New Orleans defence hasn’t looked as good as expected yet and, with the way Deshaun Watson performed against them, expect similar from Russell Wilson.
Some sacks and some deep touchdown passes. Payton will keep them competitive but playing at Seattle will prove too much.
Seattle Seahawks: 7-12, 13-18
LA Rams @ Cleveland Browns
Both teams are 1-1 and neither feel like they’ve played well on offence yet apart from a ten minute spurt from the Rams last week.
Baker Mayfield struggled against the disguised coverages on the Jets and Wade Phillips game plan might be a bit more straightforward, but no less effective, if Aaron Donald is fit to play.
The Browns celebrity pass game is yet to click but OBJ does like the spotlight and is playing in consecutive prime time games.
The Rams need to keep their run game by committee going and maximise play-action to slow down Myles Garrett. This could go either way, slight edge to the Browns at home.
Browns: 1-6, 7-12
Chicago Bears @ Washington Redskins
Washington have one of the worst defences in the league after 2 weeks (outside of Miami). Chicago have one of the best.
While the Bears are likely to limit the Redskins offence, the game will come down to how much Matt Nagy can get out of the spluttering Chicago offense and Trubisky. He’ll probably get enough.